Frequently Asked
Questions

Find out all the details for camp registration here!

What age range should I register for? Where do I pick up my child from? Is there a cancellation policy? Answer these important camp questions and more by reviewing the below information.

Which age group should I register my child for?

Register for the camp appropriate to the grade your camper will enter in Summer/Fall 2018. Four-year-olds must reach their 4th birthday by the first day of registered program. No exceptions. Proof of age may be required. All campers must be potty-trained prior to starting camp.

We understand and expect that many of our campers have extensive knowledge of particular subjects and may be intellectually gifted. We design our camp curricula with a wide range of abilities in mind for each developmental stage. Our curricula are also designed so that educators can vary their lesson plans based on the interests and levels of campers and camp groups.

What do I need to make a reservation?

To register for camp, you need an UltraCamp camp account. Please visit Create An Account. We recommend setting up your profile ahead of the registration date so you can sign up for camp as quickly and easily as possible. Once your registration is complete, add details for every camper in your household. Just choose “Add a person…” It’s that easy! On the day of the presale click the Purchase button below and start a reservation to purchase camps for each of your campers.

If you are experiencing trouble with registering or do not have access to a computer, please call our Reservations Staff at (919) 220-5429 ext. 313.

When can I register for summer camp?

January 22, 2017, 9:00am- Supporting Member Presale
January 24, 2017, 9:00am- Explorer Member Presale
February 01, 2017, 9:00am- Open Registration to the General Public

Is there a cancellation policy?

The Museum can grant refunds and preform session changes only when received before May 24, 2018.  Each session change or refund comes with a $30.00 change/cancellation fee per camp. After May 24, 2018 we are not able to process any changes or refunds.

Are you able to accommodate my child with medical allergies and/or special needs?

Yes! The Museum is committed to full and equal opportunity for children to enjoy the camp experience and reasonable modifications will be considered. If your child has serious behavioral, physical, or psychological considerations, please discuss camper readiness with the Camp Manager directly at summercamp@lifeandscience.org . We are also happy to work with you to adjust our purchased boxed lunch menu for food allergies/intolerances.

Where is the Chapel Hill camp happening in 2018?

We are happy to announce a new partner for Summer Camp 2018, the Montessori Community School, located at 4512 Pope Road, Durham, NC 27707, convenient to Chapel Hill, and near 15-501 and I-40.

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early from camp?

If possible, please let your camper’s educator or the Site Director know ahead of time so they can have your camper ready to go. However, we understand that plans sometimes change. You can email camp administrators at summercamp@lifeandscience.org at any time or call our main Museum phone number, 919-220-5429 between 9:00am and 4:30pm. When arriving outside of normal pickup times, please go to the Camp Headquarters in the Mercury Meeting Room (MMR) behind the admissions desk. Camp administrators will locate your camp and have your camper brought to the MMR. Please note that summer parking can be exceptionally challenging, so please leave extra time to find a space.

What do I do if I need someone else to pick up my child from camp?

Authorized pickups are entered through your UltraCamp account and can be adjusted at any time. The week before camp, check your email for the names of individuals authorized for pick up and add anyone else through UltraCamp. You can also speak with or contact camp staff with changes during the week.

What sort of activities will my camper participate in?

Our camp days are filled with a variety of hands-on activities based around each camp’s theme. Actual schedules may vary, based on the preferences by staff, campers, weather, and other factors. We design our curricula with a variety of activities that include both structured, in-class activities, as well as unstructured free-play outside in the Museum to accommodate different learning styles and energy levels.

Who are your educators?

Our summer camp staff come from a variety of backgrounds, but all are experienced in working with kids and knowing wonder. We select our camp staff based on their educational experience and scientific background. Many of our camp educators are full-time teachers during the year. Both our educators and assistants undergo training ahead of each summer camp season.

How many campers are in a group?

Our groups are capped at 18 campers. Our Age 4-Kindergarten camps are capped at 16 per group. Each group has two adult staff and usually a high school volunteer helper. During the day, campers may participate in paired and small group, as well as whole group activities. All of our technology camps are structured to work in pair and small group environments.

What is included in the boxed lunch?

All options are subject to change based on product availability. Any substitutions will be made with comparable products. We are happy to work with you to adjust our menu to accommodate for food allergies/intolerances. All boxed lunches are peanut free. We can only sell camp lunches on a week-long basis.

Regular Lunch Option:
Monday- Cheeseburger, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Tuesday- Grilled chicken tenders, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Wednesday- Cheese quesadilla, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Thursday- Hot dog, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Friday- PB&J (soy nut butter), Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle

Vegetarian Lunch Option:
Monday- Black Bean Burger, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Tuesday- Half Herbivore sandwich*, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Wednesday- (Meatless) cheese quesadilla, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Thursday- Loblolly Wrap*, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Friday- PB&J (soy nut butter), Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle

*Herbivore sandwich- Sliced mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, house pesto spread | Loblolly wrap- hummus, green peppers, mushrooms, tomato, sweet potatoes, and cucumbers

Can I exchange sizes for my camp t-shirt?

Absolutely! Our t-shirts tend to run large. Just ask the camp Site Director and they will be happy to give you a different size.

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